Chats with the Freak is hosted by the openly unapologetic Emmy Susani. Every week she brings on some of your favorite people in the music business, as well as some people you might not be so familiar with. She discusses past, present, and future stories and projects with guest(s) using her own brand of interviewing.
Stay tuned each week to hear what the hotmess express has in store for you.
There is a strong female voice on the rock horizon, and she goes by the name Very Alora. As evidenced by the release of her debut single, “Don’t Make Me,”(http://bit.ly/MamaDontMakeMe) and a forthcoming EP - all produced by legendary producer Michael Wagner (who has previously worked with the likes of Metallica, Dokken, and King’s X, among many others) - Very Alora means business. And what would you do if you saw a mashup video of Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” + “Seven Nation Army” from White Stripes from a wicked cool looking rock chick? Answer: you press PLAY! Here’s the approved mashup link: https://youtu.be/VSuM8ndKmEQ
Hailing from Poetry, Texas (a small ranching community southeast of Dallas), Very Alora describes her sound as “Classic rock with a modern/punkish/alt twist. I think it’s a little out there, a bit unique if you compare it to the pop sound. But as far as rock n’ roll - I think it fits right in that alt/indie rock pocket.” Listing such classic rockers as Styx and Heart as influences, as well as such modern day bands as Flyleaf and Paramore, Very Alora has her favorites from the forthcoming, yet-to-be-titled EP. “‘Don't Make Me’ and ‘Carbon Copy Jealousy.
From the very beginning, Watch Me Breathe has been all about honesty and authenticity. Lead singer Jake Aaron Ward formed the band in 2017 purely out of frustration. “As a solo artist, I just got fed up with trying to write music only to please other people. Watch Me Breathe is really an experiment that says: what would I write if nobody else was listening?”
The results of that experiment have been surprising. In the short time since the release of their debut LP “The Lighter Side of Darkness” in February 2018, Watch Me Breathe has already accrued well over 150K views on YouTube and over 50K streams on Spotify…and the numbers keep growing.
When it comes to making albums, this particular band has an unusual process not unlike that of Tame Impala or Bon Iver: Ward (a proficient multi-instrumentalist) writes, performs, records, mixes, and masters every song entirely by himself, in his own California home studio. He jokingly explains “I just kind of suck at collaborating.” He cites an eclectic range of influences, including Peter Gabriel, The Police, Imogen Heap, Goo Goo Dolls, and a whole slew of underground progressive metal bands that have helped shape his unique guitar parts and complex rhythmic patterns. In concert, the band performs as a power trio, with Ward covering guitar and lead vocals, while bassist Ryan Green and drummer/baby brother Carl Ward handle the rhythm section.
SWIM THE CURRENT has released the official music video for their new single, “Red Desert.” Recorded at GoreGrin Studios and Rival Sound Studios and the video filmed and directed by Second Sight Music Videos/Nightcast Productions, “Red Desert” is off of the band’s upcoming EP, Bright Lights, which is due out in early 2020.
Channeling chaos into art, Sharone erupted onto the Denver music scene as a solo artist in 2014 playing local DIY venues; since then she has gone on to play venues such as Marquis Theater, Bluebird Theater, and Gothic Theater, playing festivals, and opening for bands such as One-Eyed-Doll, The Birthday Massacre, Fuel, Saving Abel, Davey Suicide, Tantric, Hell’s Belles, and Stitched Up Heart. The atmospheric and melodramatic music of Evanescence and the psychedelic blues of Black Sabbath inspired Sharone to start performing her music live, and to eventually release her 2017 demo album, Storm.
Despite sustaining a dark and nearly melancholy tone on recordings, the gothic artist’s live shows are nothing short of energetic, full of heavy piano riffs, pulsing rhythms, and enthralling theatrics. From emerging from a coffin to jumping off of monitors and captivating contortions, Sharone captures the interest of each audience member through her piercing stage chemistry with her live musicians, and her ever-growing theatrics.
In the spring of 2017, the singer left her mark on the Denver music scene with the release of her first rock album ‘Storm’. Following the release, underwent a complete lineup change in her band, and came back stronger than ever with the reincarnation of her dark sound: ‘Enchiridion of Nightmares’ (2018).
Sharone followed up the release with three exhilarating summer and fall tours, reaching audiences across the western, central, and eastern United States, and is currently working on her third studio album. This unique rock artist is destined for success in the metal and goth rock realm.
Sharone's third studio album, 'Reflection', is out NOW
For more than a decade, alt rockers Lullwater have been blazing their way to the top of the industry thanks to their gritty, southern-infused sound and straight-up, raw performances. Formed in 2007 in Athens, Ga, the foursome was born from the indelible mark that the godfathers of grunge left on music. The convergence of this inspiration, mixed with a healthy helping of swagger, defines this critically acclaimed alternative rock band.
The group released its self-titled debut in 2012 to rave reviews and were immediately invited to join some of the biggest tours that same year. Since that time, Lullwater has spent the majority of their career on the road sharing the stage with a-list acts like Candlebox, Theory of a Deadman, Flyleaf, Passafire, Amaranthe, and butcher babies. The band subsequently released their sophomore, and arguably even better, album 'Revival' in 2015. "with the throttle wide open and the gas pedal to the floor, Lullwater rips it into overdrive on their solid heavy-hitting powerhouse of an album, revival...few deliver anything but watered down versions of those who influenced them from the past. Lullwater is the exception as they have crafted something with passion, drive, determination and honesty." - national rock review.
In 2017, lullwater released 'The Seattle Sessions', an ep of live in-studio recordings of some of their best tracks, recorded at Seattle's famed London Bridge Studios. The ep also showcased the band's cover of Pearl Jam's "Release", which has received high praise from fans and musicians alike.
Lullwater has just released their third record, Voodoo, produced by Sweden's Jakob Herrmann (Anthrax, Machine Head, Amaranthe). Continually pushing the boundaries musically and artistically, the band delivers a "bigger, more intricate & layered" digitally-recorded sound, unlike their previous analog-recorded releases.
Emma Garell grew up using her singing voice to speak for her. It has always been her passion. She dreamed of being on Broadway until she studied at School of Rock family in Richmond, Virginia. There she was introduced to Black Sabbath, AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. Emma became a rock powerhouse with her cover band Bismuth (2017-2018) before evolving into a solo career with her original classic rock inspired originals. She lulls the listener into a sense of whispered magic, then out of nowhere, she belts with the power of the greats. Friends have called her Princess of Darkness and Roberta Plant…the truth lies somewhere in between as she takes these influences and finds her own sound. Having a wide ranges of vocal gifts, you won’t be surprised to hear a wide array of musical styling, all within the power of a haunting voice.
Nothing in moderation… come along for the ride.
(Emma Garell/vocals, Camden Harrahy/guitar, CJ Alicea/drums, Sammy P. Stiles/bass)
Check out "Crawl" https://youtu.be/aACTWYD1pTc
Dan Kincaid is a Los Angeles based singer/songwriter/guitarist with a deep love for all things rock!
Dan was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, but moved to Hollywood to pursue music. During his time in Los Angeles, Dan has fronted a number of bands such as Spit Out Star, SuperNo, and Six Days ’Til Sunday. Dan also lent his talents on bass to the band Synical.
For his new solo album, “Persona Non Grata”, Dan teamed up with two amazingly talented producers and musicians, Christian Eigner of Depeche Mode and Niko Stoessl, which resulted in a truly special and impactful album.
Persona Non Grata is about life, love, loss, the strength to face your demons and the power to rise above them. Check out "Living in Circles" https://youtu.be/3GSbVLn3uXU
Jenny Teator is a St. Louis native who’s made her move to Nashville sharing her soul through her guitar and vocals. Jenny is a nationally-touring & recording artist who’s performed at notable venues and festivals such as: Old Rock House (St. Louis, MO), The Viper Room (Los Angeles, CA), Main-stage at the 2018 Venice Blues Fest (Venice, FL), The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville,TN), Exit-In (Nashville, TN), and many more. She released her debut single, ‘Surrender’, which has already surpassed 100,000+ streams on Spotify and growing. The single has received reviews world-wide - Aarik Danielson (Columbia Tribune) says ‘..think the Black Keys meets Demi Lovato - Teator keeps her versatile voice in a soulful middle register, delivering her lyrics with a surprising mix of blush, breathlessness, and bravado.” Inspired by singers Grace Potter and Susan Tedeschi, Teator has a very straight forward lyrical style and the music follows the feelings of those words verbatim. Her humble-yet-confident nature gives her a charm you’ll have a hard time finding anywhere else. Do yourself a favor, find her social media pages and make sure to catch her next show, your soul will thank you after the show.
Check out "Daughter of the Devil" https://youtu.be/eNkX1cJRZYI
You can trace many styles of music back to the early punk sounds of the Ramones and the Pistols. Whether its the early MTV era rock (Billy Idol, Joan Jett), pop punk (Green Day) or today’s alternative rock (Twenty One Pilots, Yungblud), there’s a common thread uniting these genres.
Chip & The Charge Ups unapologetically incorporates all of these influences into their energetic songs. Catch this band as they electrify the East Coast and beyond or check out their album, “Flow of the Current, Part I (+),” available now!
Right now the Charge Ups are promoting the festive song "Black and Gold Christmas!"
Features guest appearances by Liz Berlin of Rusted Root, Doug Carnahan of After The Fall, Jennifer Craven of A Common Crown and Char Fields!
with the video directed by Marcus Morelli of Skene 19 Films.
Proceeds from the sale of "Black and Gold Christmas" t-shirts benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.
Get your shirt and tickets for Chip and The Charge Ups show with Blacktop Mojo Dec 8th at
You can check out the video on their YouTube channel for Black and Gold Christmas https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=juYJv68WBGo
The surviving members of Static-X announced at the beginning of 2019 the intend on honoring the legacy of their classic breakout album, Wisconsin Death Trip, by reuniting the original lineup and performing music from the disc. The tour originally was only the summer, but due to demand, they kept growing the dates to make this monster tour.
DOPE (who has a long history with Static) and Raven Black have been on this long treck that started back in June.
Listen in to hear some chats with Tony Campos from Static-X, Virus from DOPE, and Raven Black!
N.A.S.H. is the type of band where all it takes is one note, one beat or one nudge from the fan next to you, a fan swaying to the band’s infectious music and charismatic live performance reminding you to forget about the day’s stress’ and to enjoy the show.
Hailing out of a small town not too far from New York City, N.A.S.H. came to fruition when a triad of brothers took their basement jam sessions to a whole new level of musicianship. At a young age - Bryan, Jim Bobbi and Joe began their venture jamming to nostalgic hits from bands like Metallica and Pearl Jam. As they got tighter and developed their own sound, the brothers took to crafting original material that would speak to a wide audience and give them a platform to take their music to the masses.
Their music maintains a blend of hard rock adaptations that heavily incorporate crunchy guitars, epic solos, solid back beats, commanding bass lines and vocal passages that can woo even the most stubborn of music connoisseurs. N.A.S.H. is sure to captivate any fan with their catalogue of music regardless if it’s fast and loud, heavy and heart wrenching or a tune you can simply bang your head to as if your sitting in the back of Wayne and Garth’s blue flame-painted 76’ AMC Pacer.
As N.A.S.H. developed, they brought in the talented Dylan on lead guitars that resulted in an awesome live wall of sound and allowed fans to enjoy the music as it was recorded. The band has independently released their acclaimed debut “Regain the High Ground” and is currently in the works of preparing the release of their highly anticipated sophomore release titled “Incredible Villains”.
“Our performances are meant to bring back the age of big rock stage shows that leave your ears ringing, your neck strained, and your heart wanting more. Our fans are our friends, and they are the people we need to get our music to.”
The Savior Complex is a force to be reckoned with. They are a Las Vegas-based band that will undoubtedly be making waves in the music industry before you know it.
The band was created by Anthony X (also known as the Sinister Minister) and Jay Gordon, who has made a name for himself through his work with Orgy, Korn, Linkin Park, and Crazytown.
The Savior Complex has a unique sound with an avant-garde feel to it. If your musical preference includes bands like Bring Me The Horizon, Korn, Motionless in White, and Marilyn Manson, it’s a good thing you made your way to our site.
Their debut E.P. was co-written and produced by Jay Gordon, and led by Anthony X. It features five tracks that provide a fresh flair and a modern sound unlike anything else you’ll find out there right now. The band’s first single, “Halo,” is expected to drop this summer.
Since the creators of The Savior Complex are no stranger to the music industry, you better believe that you’re in for a treat. The unique sound will get you hooked, then the passion and emotion that is found in every song will leave you begging for more.
In 2015, following a series of web shows to celebrate the release of his solo album ‘Careful With That Axe”, John 5 decided to take his solo set on tour, and formed The Creatures band to support his live shows. Initially joined by long-term friend Rodger Carter on drums, the band continues touring to this day, and now work as a unit on 5’s solo albums, including ‘Season Of The Witch’, the live album ‘It’s Alive’ and 2019’s ‘Invasion’. The current line-up includes John 5, Ian Ross on bass and drummer Logan Miles Nix is a show that is out of this world. I had the pleasure of speaking with "The Creatures" on Halloween night